It is time to bring some spring and a touch of green into my decor! The first thing that comes to my mind is a topiary, inspired by an English garden and one of my favorite shows. . . Downton Abby that just started its new season. Yay! This adorable little green arrangement is the… Read more.
During the holidays, we shared a post about decorating for a modern holiday. We created a star burst wall art to add some fun DIY drama in a palette of golds. Many of you commented and asked for the tutorial. Our busy holiday schedule pushed this post back, but we decided to make a new… Read more.
If you are anything like me, my pets are like my kids. I know, pretty sappy. Of course if I am making stockings for the family then the pets should have one too. Right? We have designed a set of pet faces that are mix and match so you can make your own dog or… Read more.
Only one week until Christmas! Continuing with our adorable felt animal ornament series, today we are sharing with you the pattern and tutorial for the raccoon. I just love this little guy holding his red mushroom. How cute will he be on top of your gift or hanging from your tree. This raccoon was made… Read more.
I am back from my trip to London and have all kinds of great projects to get up before Christmas! The next felt ornament is this adorable little felt bear wearing his red scarf. This little bear is so easy to make. I used gorgeous wool felt blend from Benzie Design’s Etsy shop. For the… Read more.
There is nothing that says Christmas better than the traditional red and green color mix. This gorgeous paper Christmas wreath is something you can make and decorate with year after year as it will always me a handcrafted treasure. The wreath includes holly leaves and berries, mistletoe leaves and berries as pine needles adding a… Read more.
This is the second in our felt animal gift toppers and ornament series. You can find the little fox in this post. We have provided a template for you to use to cut all of your felt pieces. I used wool blend felt from Benzie Design’s Etsy shop in the colors of Smoke for the… Read more.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know I am in London this week debuting my new paper craft kits. Very exciting! Trips like this always throw off my blog schedule, so my plan to start my series of felt animals has been delayed for a few day. Let’s get… Read more.
The last few weeks, I have been enjoying the wonderful holiday fruits from my The Fruit Company. When they asked me to share my tips on how to create a gorgeous fruit centerpiece, I jumped at the opportunity. Once upon a time, in a past life of mine, I owned a little flower shop. We… Read more.
I think I am falling in love with felt again. Actually, I know that to be true. One reason is the wonderful wool blend and 100% wool felt that is so readily available. My go-to source for wool blend felt is Benzie Design’s Etsy shop. Remember the felt turkey tutorial and the felt pine cone… Read more.
Tying the perfect bow is something my mom taught me. There are several different ways to do this, and this is one. The trick to keeping your bow straight it how you wrap the center knot around your first loop. If you wrap under the loop, your bow will be crooked. If you wrap over… Read more.
When I was growing up, it was very rare that we had a store bought gift for Christmas. Though back in those early days it was due to tight budgets, I now love to give a handmade gifts or add a DIY personal touch to my gifts. Michaels has asked the Michaels Makers to share… Read more.
It is time for a new wreath from my front door! I am smitten with my navy and gold living room and wanted to continue that look to the entry of the house. I have seen some gorgeous metal wreaths that have a antique and copper feel on the market right now and thought it… Read more.
Of all of the paper flower I have designed so far, and as you know I have made many, I think this is my favorite. Can I say that? Will the peonies and dahlias feel slighted? These flowers are so happy and bright and will be my care free center pieces for my winter holiday… Read more.
Last year I designed this paper bird in a larger form and used it as my tree topper. You may remember it in my Handcrafted Holiday video. It was such a hit that I filmed a full video tutorial on how to makes these as love birds. This year we are making a mini version… Read more.
It is time for another kid’s craft (you may remember our felt and pine cone turkeys) and this one though we are making it for holiday tree ornaments can be used all year round. These cute little owls come with three different personalities and with this pattern you can mix and match to make your… Read more.
I have such fun making things from Italian crepe paper and getting a set of the metallic crepes from Carti Fini made my heart flutter. You may remember my copper crepe paper acorns from a few weeks ago. These I used in my Thanksgiving table centerpiece. While I was making these I also started the… Read more.
I love how these crepe paper artichokes turned out. The pliability and soft colors of the Carte Fini crepe paper gives it a very organic and yummy feel. Don’t they look like they came straight from my garden? I will have to watch myself to make sure I don’t just plop them into a pot of… Read more.
It is time for a new video tutorial and today it’s all about the crepe paper gardenia flower. Gardenia blooms are so elegant and though they are a tropical flower are often seen as an indoor plant. My first experience of the gardenia plant was when I worked in the marketing department at Pebble Beach… Read more.
It is day two for our homemade Halloween costumes and today I am giving you a twofer! (That would be a “two in one”). Superhero costumes are a classic and we made these for our Lightning Boy and Star Girl. You can choose your child’s favorite colors for their custom costume. I found my gorgeous… Read more.